Tuesday - January 21, 2014
Being the nearest and most accessible of them all, we opted Tanap-Avis Falls from a handful of waterfalls being featured in Burgos town's tourism brochure. I never heard nor saw this destination from any sources so I was only basing my prejudices of this waterfall from the brief description and a nice image found in the brochure.
|yup, we were the only ones visiting the place|
Located at Brgy. Tanap, we took a tricycle ride from the Municipio to the jump-off. We stopped by a barangay hall to log in. The curious me browsed through the log book and found out that we were the only visitors for the past few weeks. Parang last last month pa yung huling bumisita sa waterfall. It just shows that the place is quite unpopular, which, for me, is a good thing actually. Based from my experience, those well known places (I'm speaking not only about waterfalls, but travel destinations in general) are usually populous, littered, or developed, far from the clean, peaceful, and unspoiled characteristics of the lesser known destinations which I truly favor more. So far so good. Hindi ko pa nakikita yung waterfall pero sobrang ganda na ng impression ko sa kanya.
It took us about 30 mins on a tricycle, from the town center all the way to the trail head which is a located inside a mango farm. Yup, there's still some trekking (more or less 30 mins, depende sa pace) involved in order to see the beauty of the waterfalls.
At first, we followed an easy straightforward trail. Although it was quite overgrown since no one has used it for some time. Then, when we hit the man-made water system, we just followed upstream.
|I was left with no word. The place is enchanting!|
|as per our guide, simula pa lang daw yun. There are more sights to behold further up.|
|just passing by this beauty|
|we came to experience this heavenly gift|
|We jumped in to the pool that's too cold and super duper clean. The water was so clean you can bottle it away and sell it the price of commercially available bottled mineral water.|
|for the final leg of the trail, we had to cling on roots and branches|
|Just look at how serene and pristine the place is. Dito pa lang, paulit-ulit ko nang sinasabi sa sarili ko na this visit is all worth it!|
|Not a second did I feel na sayang ang pagpunta namin dito. Sobrang ganda|
|our gamble to visit this unfamiliar destination paid off. Sobra-sobra|
|Kung marunong lang ako lumangoy, nako!|
|Dawn's a good swimmer, but she opted not to jump, dahil wala daw kasi siyang extra damit na pampalit. Laki ng problema noh? hehe|
This Tanap-Avis Falls experience is one of my most favorite waterfall trips in my entire life, really! Even though we weren't able to take a cliff dive, we're still very happy and completely satisfied with this waterfalls. Honestly, the mere trail experience, and of course, the stunning waterscape we just went were a total worthwhile experience. The best ito!
Our biggest thanks to our tricycle driver slash tour guide in this leg of our trip. Muchas gracias!